IPC Guide to LA FOIP

This guide is a comprehensive reference tool for the application of The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LA FOIP). It is designed to assist local authorities that are subject to LA FOIP. The guidance is non-binding and every matter should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Chapter One: Purposes and Scope of LA FOIP

Chapter One: Purposes and Scope of LA FOIP

This chapter covers:

  • Quasi-Constitutional Status
  • The Purposes of LA FOIP
    • Object or Purpose Clause
      1. The Right of Access
      2. Access to an Individual’s Own Personal Information
      3. Right to Request Correction of Personal Information
      4. Protection of Privacy
      5. Independent Review of Decisions
  • The Scope of LA FOIP
    • Definition of a Local Authority
    • Records Subject to LA FOIP
      • Personal Information
      • The Meaning of ‘Possession’ or ‘Control’ of Records
    • Records Excluded from LA FOIP
      • Subsections 3(1)(a), (b), (c)
      • Subsection 22(1.1)
      • Records to Which Section 22 Applies
    • Existing Rights Preserved
      • Subsections 4(a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f)

Chapter Two: Administration of LA FOIP

Chapter Two: Administration of LA FOIP

This chapter covers:

  • Minister of Justice & Attorney General
    • Access & Privacy Branch
  • Local Authorities – Roles & Responsibilities
    • Head of a Local Authority
    • The LA FOIP Coordinator or Privacy Officer
    • Section 50: Delegation of LA FOIP Responsibilities
    • Notices and the Manner of Giving Notice
    • Protection from Liability
    • Routine Disclosure & Active Dissemination
    • Proactive Reporting of Privacy Breaches
  • Information and Privacy Commissioner – Roles & Authorities
    • Section 38: Appointment
    • Procedural Fairness
    • Section 32: Privacy Powers
    • Section 42: Conduct of Review
    • Section 43: Powers of Commissioner
    • Section 43.1: Power to Authorize a Local Authority to Disregard Applications or Requests
    • Section 44: Report of Commissioner
    • Section 45 (FOIP): Confidentiality
    • Section 47 (FOIP): Non-compellability
    • Section 48: Certain Provisions Adopted
    • Section 52: Annual Report
  • Court of Queen’s Bench – Roles & Responsibilities
    • Section 46: Appeal to Court
    • Section 47: Powers of Court on Appeal
  • Section 51: Burden of Proof
    • Standard Required to Meet Burden of Proof
    • Who has the Burden of Proof
    • Affidavit Evidence
  • Offences and Penalties under LA FOIP
    • Section 54: Proceedings Prohibited
    • Section 55: Immunity from Prosecution
    • Section 56: Summary Offences
    • Section 66(3) (FOIP): Proceedings Prohibited

Chapter Three: Access to Records

Chapter Three: Access to Records

This chapter covers:

  • Section 5: Who has a right of access
  • Search for records
  • Records not responsive to access to information requests
  • Section 5.1: Duty to assist
  • Section 6: Making an application for access to information
  • Section: Responses from local authorities
  • Section 7: Responses from local authorities
  • Section 7.1: Applications deemed abandoned
  • Section 8: Severing records
  • Section 9: Fees and fee estimates
  • Section 10: How access is provided
  • Section 11: Transfers of access to information requests
  • Section 12: Extensions of time
  • Section 30: Individual’s access to their own personal information
  • Section 38: Requests for review
  • Section 39: Dismissing or discontinuing reviews
  • Section 43.1: Disregarding access to information or correction requests
  • Section 46: Appeals to the Court of Queen’s Bench
  • Section 49: The exercise of individual rights by authorized representatives
  • Section 53.1: Access to manuals
  • Section 53.2: Records available without an application